5 11, 2017

What Do We Do With Dad?

By | 2017-11-05T20:19:52+00:00 November 5th, 2017|good fiction|0 Comments

When I opened up Louise Dean’s The Old Romantic, I met a cast of miserable people being miserable to each other. There’s Nick Goodyew, who has spent his adulthood getting away from the kind of dad who talks like this: “[I]f you start to finkin about what other people are going through. . .” Or this: “[M]iserable excuse for a youman bein’.” Nick changes [...]

23 07, 2017

Working the Worst Shift

By | 2017-07-23T15:35:10+00:00 July 23rd, 2017|good nonfiction|0 Comments

And how’s your mom day going? Maybe we should assign points for difficulty, just to see how you match up with Tracy McKay’s worst mom days, as described in her memoir, The Burning Point. I’ll give you: 3 pts. per child (Tracy has 3). 2 pts. per ordinary errand, (Tracy needs to go the grocery store, the YMCA, get kids to the bus). 5 [...]

6 11, 2016

Ann Patchett Does It Again

By | 2016-12-29T23:56:12+00:00 November 6th, 2016|good fiction, sandwiches, soups|0 Comments

Ann Patchett is getting to be a favorite author around here. Commonwealth, her latest, opens at an alcohol-fueled christening party. Imagine yourself, a cop, father of the new baby, opening the door to find a colleague ready to step across your threshold, uninvited. And by the time the party’s over, he and your wife are in love. Commonwealth wastes little time on the spark that [...]

16 11, 2014

Her Advice, My Advice

By | 2016-12-29T23:56:28+00:00 November 16th, 2014|breads, good nonfiction|2 Comments

Welcome to the blog’s new home! Some people build brick-and-mortar dream homes with the game-room basements and the just-right kitchens. I’m pretty sure I’ll never get around to that kind of thing.  So I’m going to call this site my custom home. At least it’s better than the house author Amy Dickinson purchased in her memoir, The Mighty Queens of Freeville. […]